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March 1, 2010

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ASU celebrates Women's History Month, Tuesday, March 2-Tuesday, March 30



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Dr. Shane Hunt wins national Inspire Integrity award
Dr. Shane Hunt, Marketing, has been named the national recipient of the InspDr. Shane Huntire Integrity Award, an award given by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). The award is part of the only national student-nominated faculty awards program. This award is given to one full-time university faculty member a year who has, through his or her lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of his or her students and instilled in those students a high degree of personal and academic integrity. Dr. Hunt came to ASU in August 2007 after completing his Ph.D. in marketing in May 2007 at Oklahoma State University. He has four years of professional experience in the telecom industry as a product, price, and business development manager. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Lecture-Concert Series presents Core Ensemble March 3
The Core Ensemble's presentation of  “Ain’t I  A Woman?” will be the 13th event of ASU’s Lecture-Concert Series, Wednesday, March 3, at  7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. In this new musical theatre work for actress and chamber music trio (cello, piano, percussion), the Core Ensemble celebrates the life and times of four very powerful African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; folk artist Clementine Hunter; ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth; and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU, and like all Lecture-Concert events, is free and open to the public. The Core Ensemble features Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano, Michael Parola on percussion, and Taylore Mahogany Scott as the performing actress. The Core Ensemble's performance is part of Women's History Month at ASU. For details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean, the Honors College, at ext. 2308, or see the NewsPage release.

Dr. Gill co-edits special issue of international journal
Dr. Alyson Gill, Art History,  co-edited a special issue of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, “Digital Crossroads: New Directions in 3D Architectural Modeling in the Humanities” (December 2009).Dr. Gill's co-editor was Dr. Arne Flaten, Art History, Coastal Carolina University. In addition to the print version, this volume is now available electronically as well. (See an overview essay for the journal.)This special issue of Visual Resources examines disparate methodologies and approaches to integrating innovative technologies with research and pedagogy in archaeology and art history. In a rapidly growing field, this volume provides a critical resource in the field, offering a ‘state of the discipline’ introduction and key essays provided by a broad range of contributors. In Dr. Gill’s essay, “Digitizing the Past: Charting New Courses in the Modeling of Virtual Landscapes,” specific note is made of ASU’s virtual campuses in the online multi-user virtual environment Second Life, including the Virtual Heritage Island which will ultimately house all of the ASU Heritage Sites, including the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. In her essay, Dr.Gill locates the modeling work done in these areas within a larger digital humanities context, showing the benefits of these sorts of models in research contexts.

Explorations in Renaissance Culture now available
The most recent issue of Explorations in Renaissance Culture has just been published. The multi-disciplinary journal is sponsored by ASU’s Dept. of English and Philosophy, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and by the South-Central Renaissance Conference. The Winter 2009 issue features an essay on the 1609 expulsion of the Moriscos by Nabil Matar, Presidential Professor of English at the University of Minnesota; an essay on the recorded dreams of people in early modern England by Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History at the University of Nebraska; and essays on Donne, Shakespeare, Montaigne, and John Taylor, the Water-Poet. Information about the journal can be obtained by contacting Dr. Frances Malpezzi, English, ext. 2545. This year's cover image for the journal is from John Taylor, The Sculler:  Rowing from Tiber to Thames (London, 1612). (Image courtesy of Phareta Calkin, pre-press technician.)

CSI camp deadlines have been extended until March 15
Revision: Arkansas State University will offer CSI: Creating Student Investigators at the ASU-Jonesboro campus for science teachers (June 7 -11, 14-18) and students (June 15-18). The program is made possible by a grant received by the university from the National Science Foundation (NSF 05-621 Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers – ITEST). Science teachers who currently teach 7-12 grade science classes can participate at no cost (including room and board), earn professional development hours, and also receive a stipend. Teachers must commit to completing both weeks in order to participate. The deadline to apply is March 15, and applications can be downloaded from the CSI: Creating Student Investigators Teacher page. Student participants (Grade 8 – 12) will investigate various suspicious activities using laboratory and technology resources at ASU. Students also can participate at no cost; room and board will be provided, and students may earn a small stipend for their participation. The student program dates are June 15-18. The deadline for students to apply is also March 15, and student applications can be found online at the CSI: Creating Student Investigators Student page. E-mail or call (870) 761-8661 for details, visit the CSI homepage, or see the NewsPage release.

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